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Bali Police Foil Kidnapping of 2-Year-Old Boy

Police Suspect Timor Leste Woman Kidnapped French Child in Bali in Order to Sell the Child to Finance a Trip Home


Bali News: Bali Police Foil Kidnapping of 2-Year-Old Boy
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(6/14/2013)

A 2-year-old French boy from La Réunion, was the victim of brief kidnapping that occurred in Bali on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The toddler – Logan Bertrand Nicholas Mattei was apparently kidnapped by a 33-year-old-women Joaninha Sonia Gonzales, also known as Grandong, from Timor Leste.

The boy’s father, Christoper Charles Jean Mattei (44), met the woman at the Bounty Discotheque and invited her back to his accommodations at the Three Brothers Bungalows in Legian.

Mattei had left his son in the case of a babysitter while visiting local nightspots.

When Mattei woke on Wednesday morning he discovered both Grandong and his Son missing.

The man reported the kidnapping to the police who identified the woman via tapes of the hotels CCTV camera. The woman was known to police as a recidivist imprisoned 3 times on theft convictions.

Police then quickly tracked the woman down at her accommodations in the Iman Bonjol area of Denpasar. She was apprehended in the company of a man, Manuel Henriques Suarez (45), also from Dili.

When she was arrested the child was no longer in her possession, but had been left in an orphanage in North Bali.

The boy was safely returned to his Father on Thursday evening.

The woman and her male companion remain in police custody. Police suspect the woman intended to sell the child.
 


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